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Videos showing 64m Perini Navi sailing yacht FELICITA WEST

October 30, 2014

The majestic 64m charter yacht Felicita West represents the 10th largest sailing yacht in the world, originally launched by Perini Navi in 2003. Luxury sailing yacht Felicita West is an excellent result of the collaboration between Ron Holland and Nuvolari Lenard, and is available for rent in the Caribbean and Mediterranean yacht charter locations. Below are two videos showing the outstanding Felicita West, the first one from her rig step and the second one from her sea trials off the coast of South Florida, following her extensive refit. Both videos have been released by Pigeon Vision.

Baltic 107 sailing yacht INUKSHUK wins 2014 ISS Design Award

October 30, 2014

Baltic Yachts is excited to announce that the Baltic 107 sailing yacht Inukshuk has been awarded the ‘Best sailing yacht in the 24m – 40m’ category at the International Superyacht Society (ISS) Design Awards. The Awards Gala took place yesterday, on October 29, 2014 in the lovely Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale.

Baltic 107 Yacht Inukshuk under sail

Baltic 107 Yacht Inukshuk under sail

Super yacht Inukshuk features naval architecture, sleek and aggressive exterior styling as well as interior layout is by German Frers, while her stylish interior design is by Adam Lay Studio. She can comfortably sleeps 8 guests in four beautiful cabins, including a master suite, a VIP cabin and two twin cabins.

A great achievement as these awards are voted on by Baltic Yachts’ peers in the yacht building and design world. The warmest congratulations to the owner of luxury yacht Inukshuk and the whole project team from Baltic Yachts.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Baltic Yachts.

Camper & Nicholsons Yachts presenting SAGITTA 45 superyacht tender at FLIBS 2014

October 30, 2014

The legendary yacht brand, Camper & Nicholsons Yachts, is currently attending the prominent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). The company is on hand on the Hall of Fame dock (slips 48 & 49).  In addition to the Endeavour 42 as well as Velsheda 50, which are being showcased, the all-new ground-breaking walk-around Sagitta 45 superyacht tender – is also being presented at the event.

Sagitta 45 - Sport Diving

Sagitta 45 - Sport Diving

The Sagitta 45 yacht tender is the new sport cruiser by Camper & Nicholsons Yachts, designed for those who enjoy the sea for both sport and leisure. Uncompromised in the trademark elegance and sophistication associated with C&N Yachts, the Sagitta 45 is a true chameleon. It can be adapted to a variety of uses and can change radically with minimum effort. The design is meticulous and no detail is overlooked. Custom elements throughout the boat ensure timeless beauty. As in every C&N Yacht, the priority is seaworthiness. The deep V hull, penned by the legendary Raymond C. Hunt design team, is a guarantee of performance. It excels in rough seas, with a gentle yet firm passage over the waves that allows the yacht to navigate effortlessly without needing to reduce speed. C&N utilizes the latest technology available: vacuum infusion with closed cell foam sandwich for hull and deck, reinforced bottom with structural elements. This technique allows the weight to be concentrated in the lowest point, reducing pitch and roll. Moreover, the use of vinyl resin for the lamination ensures better protection over time against osmosis.

Sagitta 45 - Sport Cruiser

Sagitta 45 - Sport Cruiser

On Deck

Conceived as a typical ‘walk around’, the deck areas are dedicated to al fresco living. Towards the bow, there is a protected sunbathing area dedicated windscreen and a sunpad that is recessed into the coachroof.  Aft of the sunpad, at the helm there is a double seat and a large electronics panel with the option for more electronics in a second panel on the underside of the hard top. Then behind the double seat is a fully equipped galley.  From the galley, aft to the transom, the space is completely customizable. The Sagitta 45 luxury yacht tender will adapt to your favourite activities. There are specific modules for each function: if you cruise with friends and family during the summer the Sport Cruiser layout will provide you with a complete dinette and a large second sunpad with a folding backrest that will extend its length. The Sport Fisherman is fully kitted out and for those who prefer diving, the Sport Diving layout provides a dedicated area for guests and dive equipment. The modern and sophisticated design of the aft cockpit provides direct, but sheltered access to the large swim platform that is an integral part of the boat. On the bow, the forward deck above the cabin is completely free from obstacles. The area is dedicated to another sunpad, whilst the anchor disappears electrically with only the beautiful, rounded steel bow remaining in view: one of the many custom details that distinguish the Sagitta 45.

Sagitta 45 - Sport Fisherman

Sagitta 45 - Sport Fisherman


The interior layout features two separate areas, to guarantee the owners’ maximum privacy. Forward is dedicated to a master suite with large double bed, head with separate shower and a complete wardrobe. The suite has plenty of natural ventilation and air conditioning to provide a restful atmosphere. The second area, under the coachroof of the helm, offers a customisable space: galley with optional second refrigerator, stowage of equipment or crew quarters with a head. Furthermore, the interior furnishings onboard the Sagitta 45 are rich in elaborate handmade details. The design is a mix of British tradition and Italian style, with precious materials and finishes and the ample use of solid wood panelling. The Sagitta 45 megayacht tender is a bespoke day cruiser, where the day may never end.

Technical specification of Sagitta 45 yacht tender:

Length overall 13.96 m 45’10”

Beam max 3.80 m 12’6”

Draft 0.96 m 3’2”

Fuel tank 1,450 l 383 gal

Water tank 300 l 80 gal

Displacement  11.9 t 26,235 lb

Maximum speed 36 knots

Engines 2 x Volvo Penta IPS 500 370hp @ 3500 RPM

Concept &  design Camper & Nicholsons Yachts

Naval architect Raymond Hunt Design

ISS Design & Leadership Awards 2014 Winners

October 30, 2014

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Design & Leadership Awards. Representing superlative achievement, the awards were presented at the 24th Anniversary of ISS’s Awards Gala, which took place last night in the beautiful Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale.



Best Sail 24-40m

InukshukBaltic – 32,64m/107’2” – FrersAdam Lay Studio

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Best Sail 40m+

Mondango3 – 56,4m/185’1” – Alloy YachtsDubois NA – Reymond Langton Design

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis

Best Refit

Dream – 60m/196’11” – Jones Boatyard/Dynamic Yacht Management (Abeking & Rasmussen) – Donald StarkeyBannenberg & Rowell

MY DREAM -  Main


Best Power 24-40m

Quaranta – 34,1m/111’11” – Curvelle – Mauro Giamboi – Alex Isaac – Incat Crowther

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Best Power 40-65m

Como – 46,22m/151’8” – Feadship – Dubois NA – Redman Whiteley Dixon

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Best Power 65m+

Galactica Star – 65m/213’4” – Heesen Yachts – Frank Laupman/Omega – Bannenberg & Rowell Design – Van Oossanen NA

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

Best Interior

Como – Redman Whiteley Dixon


2014 Excellence in Innovation


2014 Business Person of the Year

John Percival, Hoylake Sailing School, John Percival Marine Associates, Posthumously

2014 Distinguished Crew Award

Captain Russell Pugh & Crew of the M/V Arctic P

2014 Leadership Award

Tom & Henk De Vries, Feadship

2014 ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award

International SeaKeepers Society

Wider 32′ superyacht tender to debut at Fort Lauderdale Int’l Boat Show 2014

October 29, 2014

Wider Yachts USA is pleased to announce that it will introduce the sleek yet spacious new Wider 32′ superyacht tender to the American market at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, running in the popular Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale from October 30 to November 3, 2014. Easily recognized by their axe bows and sleek Italian styling, two Wider 32′ boats – one featuring an orange hull and the other green hull – will be exhibited in the water at the Wider Yachts USA display, positioned at Face Dock 5, south of the Bahia Mar Yachting Center tower.

Wider 32 superyacht tenders

Wider 32 superyacht tenders

“The new Wider 32′ is the perfect boat for the U.S. market, particularly in South Florida,” said Darren J. Datson, president, Wider Yachts USA. “A 37-knot express cruiser with a comfortable cabin, it makes a great primary boat, but it’s also designed to be a sporty superyacht tender. Wider encourages owners to customize their new 32′ pretty much to their heart’s content with different equipment, cockpit configurations and colors. In fact, the boat we’ll have on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has been fully customized with its new owner’s selections, which he made using the Wider 32’ “Create Your Own Yacht” Configurator on the Wider Yachts USA website.”

Italian yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni conceived the Wider 32′ as the ideal tender to the new Wider 150’ superyacht, currently in build at the shipyard in Ancona, Italy, but the boat’s spacious cockpit and interior seating makes it an excellent tender to any yacht with the capacity to garage it or mount it on deck.

The boat’s 9’ 8” beam tapers only slightly towards the bow in order to provide maximum space and ease of movement in the cockpit, and to facilitate boarding from a mother yacht. The versatile cockpit area is designed to accommodate as many different configurations as possible, from an on-deck dining area with folding table to a huge sunbathing platform. The Wider 32′ also comes with an easily installed, adjustable awning to shade the cockpit.

Below, the interior features two long, facing sofas that provide comfortable ship-to-shore transportation out of the elements. They convert to spacious berths for overnighting on board.  The galley, with sink, stove eye and refrigerator, disappears seamlessly into the contemporary cabinetry.  A surprisingly large head with shower is housed in the bow. Storage is maximized throughout the boat.

The hull is designed to provide a smooth ride and exciting performance. Wider utilizes a high-tech sandwich hull construction process incorporating GRP skins, closed-cell PVC core and vinylester resin, cured via a high-tech vacuum lamination by infusion system for a superior strength-to-weight ratio. Performance sea trials of the Wider 32′, equipped with twin 260-hp MerCruiser 3.0 TDI diesel engines mated to Bravo 1 DTS drives, recorded a cruising speed of 30 knots and a maximum speed of 37 knots. This standard diesel sterndrive propulsion package delivers the added benefit of having the tender’s fuel match that of the mother yacht.

While the boat’s distinctive axe bow and stylish lines ensure that it will stand out in any fleet, so does its high level of customization. Wider encourages owners to select from a wide range of hull, inset panel and deck colors; window glass and frames; sunpad and seat configurations; upholstery and accessories, to make their own personal vision of their Wider 32′ luxury yacht tender come to life.

“The owner is the most important player in the creation of his boat, so his Wider 32′ ultimately will reflect his own individual being,” said Wider President and CEO Tilli Antonelli. “Let yourself be inspired by fragments of your memories to mix and match your favorite styles, colors and materials. Bring all of yourself aboard, because Wider 32′ is made of who you are.”

Technical Specifications of Wider 32 yacht tender

LOA: 9.60 m / 31 ft 50 in

Beam (max): 3.00 m / 9 ft 84 in

Draft (1/3 load): 0.55 m / 1 ft 80 in

Disp. (1/3 load): 5.0 t / 11023 lb

Fuel capacity: 500 L – 132 U.S. gal

Water capacity: 150 L – 40 U.S. gal

Engines: 2 x 260 HP MerCruiser 3.0 TDI / Bravo 1 DTS

Cruising speed (1/3 load): 30 Knots

Max. speed (1/3 load): 37 Knots

Range at cruising speed: 200 nm

Maximum passengers: 8

Performance is estimated with standard equipment and with the following conditions: calm sea, absence of wind, 25°C air temperature, clean hull and special propellers set for those conditions.

Wider, Never Enough!

New 32m motor yacht LIBERTY unveiled by Columbus Yachts

October 29, 2014

Columbus Yachts is delighted to announce that their all-new 32m motor yacht Liberty will be presented in an exclusive preview at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2014. Superyacht Liberty represents a new collaboration with yacht designer Marco Casali – Too-Design Studio.

New 32m superyacht Liberty by Columbus Yachts and Marco Casali

New 32m superyacht Liberty by Columbus Yachts and Marco Casali - Too-Design Studio

The Columbus Liberty 32 yacht is now under construction in Palumbo Group Naples Yard and it represents the first unit of a range of fast trawlers from 25 to 38 meters. The main concept is freedom.

- Freedom of cruising at your preferred speed. The hull combined with the multi award winning technology of Palumbo Hybrid System offers you the possibility of long cruises at 12 knots with low emission and consumption or fast journeys at more than 20 kn.

- Freedom of living and organizing wide flat spaces. Liberty range distributes the yacht volumes in a full new way. The yard reduced the heights by removing the upper deck, transformed in a huge free sundeck, and by offering a longer and wider hull. This goes all good for the quality at sea of the boat ( more stability and sea keeping) and offers wider planes for the arrangement. This planes should be considered as flat layers fully customizable by the client. For example the deck saloon area is fully flat with full height windows and is offered in different layout with or without galley on it. The bow area is studied for hosting tenders ( up to 6mt!) and toys with a front facing sofa but could be managed also as a free set up space for sunbeds, tables etc.

The interior design is following the Liberty name of the range. The space could host free furniture allowing each owner in expressing his own style.

- Freedom of feeling. The Liberty range is thought for those owners who loves to get close to the sea. This is clear not only for the huge glass surfaces but also for the open transparent beach area. Facing a big swimming platform it hosts a beach area that could have a dinette with American bar, a Spa or a Gym.

Over it there is the relax area, suspended as an island over the beach area with a pool, two sunpads and 2 modular sofas with a table up to 14 people. The sundeck area is designed with the same free spirit offering 2 different kind of shadings with or without T-top and free set up layout too. The main superstructure design is based on simple timeless lines exalted by the strong side fashion plates. An RPH version is also available.

For the lower deck the crew quarters could be with full galley or at bow with independent entrance. The guests cabins could be from 3 to 5 until 6 total ones with the Owner on main deck.

The Owner could be positioned in the aft part of the lower deck to emphasize the full beam area or in the main deck with the RPH option with full front view.

- Freedom of being unique. Each Liberty is customizable in layout, exterior and interior design.

Each Liberty is unique as every owner is.

Columbus Yachts is currently building 4 Superyachts, including the new Columbus Liberty 32 yacht plus a second Sport Hybrid yacht, a 57m Classic Line full displacement yacht and the 70m mega yacht Columbus Sport Oceanic. The first 3 are scheduled to be ready for next Cannes Boat Show whereas the last one will be ready by September 2016.

Columbus Yachts’ team and Marco Casali will be at next Fort Lauderdale Boat show at stand 1308 in the SuperYacht Builders Pavilion to further talk about the new projects and next plans for the future.

Partnership of Simrad Yachting and Chris-Craft

October 29, 2014

Simrad Yachting, the company specializing in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems, has announced its new relationship with Chris-Craft. Under the terms of the agreement, dual Simrad NSO evo2 multi-touch, glass bridge navigation systems will be offered on the Catalina 34 yacht tender model of Chris-Craft center console powerboats.

Catalina 34 superyacht tender by Chris-Craft

Catalina 34 superyacht tender by Chris-Craft

A revolutionary new design for Chris-Craft, the sleek Catalina 34 superyacht tender is the largest of the Catalina center console line and will incorporate the latest technology while maintaining the builder’s signature style. Powered by triple Mercury® Verado® outboard engines, the boat will include digital switching and Mercury VesselView® integration that delivers over 30 engine parameters, as well as view and control of features such as Smart Tow®, eco control and cruise control. As a result of joint efforts between several companies involved in the project, the flat-mount dash of the new Catalina 34 will employ 16-inch, multi-touch Simrad NSO evo2 displays at the helm station to control all systems. The vessel will also include Simrad GoFreeTM wireless connectivity, SonarHubTM sonar, satellite weather and the RS35 VHF with HS35 remote handheld.

The Simrad NSO evo2 brings together the quintessential elements of today’s premier marine electronics – high-power processing for lightning fast charting, sonar, radar and entertainment; stunning dual widescreen displays; a masterfully designed user interface for intuitive multi-touch control; and limitless compatibility for unrivaled integration. Setting a new standard in electronic navigation, the NSO evo2 delivers big-boat glass bridge style to mid-sized powerboats. The system features dual processors and video output that can drive the two screens completely independently. It effectively gives boaters two multifunction displays (MFDs) for the price of one.

“With a seamless fully integrated navigation system in line with triple Verado 300 HP engines, boat owners now have more confidence and reliability when long-range cruising — whether in the Abaco’s or the Northeast to Martha’s Vineyard or Block Island,” said Jeff Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing, Chris-Craft. “The Catalina 34, equipped with Simrad’s fully integrated system, puts you at the forefront of marine technology.”

“Chris-Craft has long been renowned for its refinement and distinctive style,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “The Catalina 34 is the most revolutionary Chris-Craft center console, perfectly merging a timeless elegance with the latest cutting-edge technology. We are thrilled to have the NSO evo2 selected to be the navigation package of choice for its newest vessel, and we are confident that new owners will enjoy the way our displays complement the lines and overall function of the Catalina’s helm.”

Chris-Craft will hold a press conference revealing the Catalina 34 luxury yacht tender at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Thursday, October 30th, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Bahia Mar Marina, GH Dock 12-16.

Sneak preview of new 70m sailing yacht project by Adam Voorhees

October 29, 2014

Adam Voorhees is thrilled to share a sneak preview of his new 70m sailing yacht project. The 70m Adam Voorhees superyacht project is an impressive and breath-taking ketch, expected to be fully unveiled at this week’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Latest 70m mega yacht project by Adam Voorhees

Latest 70m mega yacht project by Adam Voorhees

Adam Voorhees is looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues at the show and discussing the avant grade concepts that unveil the vision for his 70m mega yacht project.

Princess Yachts to attend FLIBS 2014 with 11 luxury yachts on display

October 29, 2014

From October 30 to November 3, the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) will feature the biggest ever line-up of Princess Yachts seen at a US show. Models from across the Princess range will be showcased, comprising the lovely motor yacht S72, the beautiful superyacht Princess 82, as well as the brand new Princess 60 Fly bridge model, presently enjoying rave reviews across Europe.

Princess S72 Yacht

Princess S72 Yacht

Luxury yacht S72 will be making her show debut, following a hugely successful world debut in Miami earlier this year. This yacht, the first from the new S Class Sportbridge range, delivers an incredible mix of on deck luxury and space, with its vast cockpit, sunpad and tender garage, dramatic upper sportbridge and private foredeck seating area offering owners so much choice.

The S72 yacht’s bold, performance-honed exterior lines conceal a breathtaking interior. The expansive deck saloon and feature circular dining area enjoy amazing views thanks to the deep window-line and sunroof. While below decks the full beam master stateroom includes its own lounge and dressing area together with a near full beam en suite. The entire interior has been exclusively styled by the Princess Design Studio, delivering a unique mix of both contemporary and traditional materials and furniture.

S72 Yacht - Saloon

S72 Yacht - Saloon

With its proven deep V hull design returning a fast, efficient and utterly reliable ride, the S72 yacht is the performance yacht you have been waiting for.

Alongside the S72, the elegant but also powerful 82 Motor Yacht delivers a refined yacht experience with a luxuriously appointed four cabin interior and deep wide decks from bow to stern. Every part of this Motor Yacht oozes considered sophistication on a vast scale. The master stateroom offers peerless space and style with its feature hull-side windows delivering beautiful views across the water. From its long sweeping flybridge to its carefully designed crew quarters, the 82 is a serious yacht intended for serious cruising. And to back up that fact, the 82 also comes with one of the best hull designs ever produced at this length, with smooth stable cruising when you need it and a big hit of red-blooded power when you want it, taking this yacht up to speeds of 34 knots with a thrilling urgency.

Princess 82 superyacht

Princess 82 superyacht

The full Fort Lauderdale line-up from Princess will be: Princess 43, 52 56 and 60, the Princess 72 yacht and 82 Motor Yachts, the V39, V48, V52 and V62-S and S72.

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Princess.

Authorized Service Facility Agreement signed by Perini Navi Group and Rybovich

October 28, 2014

Perini Navi and Picchiotti, both companies of the Perini Navi Group, have recently signed an Authorized Service Facility Agreement with Rybovich. This will see the companies formalize and intensify their global collaboration to provide professional service and support to the fleet of Perini Navi and Picchiotti yachts on both sides of the Atlantic.

R&R at Picchiotti yard

R&R at Picchiotti yard

Historically Rybovich has regularly performed service and refit work on Perini Navi sailing yachts in the United States. Most recently, this summer the 56m (183ft) charter yacht ZENJI and the 64m (210ft) charter yacht FELICITA WEST were both completely overhauled at Rybovich, with the rigs coming out, extensive driveline service and full paint jobs.

Picchiotti has successfully delivered several motor yachts to their signature design. Their latest flagship, the 73m (240ft) motor yacht GRACE E, presented to the world at the Monaco Yacht Show last month, will be heading for the United States next year and will visit the Rybovich facility in West Palm Beach for its State side service work.

Both parties see this agreement to be much more than a formalization of the current events. Perini Navi and Picchiotti will be able to use the Rybovich facility as their authorized service and warranty work for their yachts in the United States. Equally Rybovich will have access to and support from the Perini Navi facilities, engineering and yard team in La Spezia and Viareggio for their warranty work and additional refit support in Italy. An important and integral part of this agreement will be the mutual exchange of documentation and know-how, employee training and general skill advancement. Also, the technical upgrade packages for the Perini Navi sailing yachts can now be offered to be installed at both sides of the Atlantic with full warranty, making it more convenient for the owner’s to fit this into the yacht’ s busy schedule.

Rybovich facility

Rybovich facility

Perini Navi and Rybovich believe that global assistance and service will become increasingly important to super yacht owners in the future and this collaboration will be a significant step forward in the professionalization of this sector of the yachting industry.

The Perini Navi Group Service & Refit reference list includes: Taouey 58 m; Independence, 53 m; Liberty 52 m; Antara 46 m; Andromeda La Dea 47 m; Santa Maria  56 m; P2 38m,  Aglaia, 31 m sloop; Esense, 43 m sloop; Saudade, 45 m sloop;  MY Blue Eyes, 60 m; MY Space, 45m; The Maltese Falcon, 88m clipper. The reference for classic yachts includes: Black Swan, 33 m, 1899; Croce del Sud, 42 m, 1931; Emilia, 21 m, 1931; Latifa, 22 m, 1936; Mariette, 33 m, 1915; Skagerrak, 27 m, 1938; Te Vega, today Deva, 41 m, 1930; Yali, 23,5 m,1925; Sylvia, 37 m, 1925; Astra, 35 m, 1928 Candida, 36 m, 1929; Tomahawk, 21 m, 1939; Aleph, 16 m, 1949; MY Marlin, 15,7 m, 1930; Cariba, 20 m, 1930”

Selection of the 250 projects done at Rybovich in the last 12 months includes: Samadhi 61m Feadship; Amaryllis 78m A&R; Lady Kathryn V 61m Lurssen; Laurel 73m Delta; Lady Lola 62m Oceanco; Meteor 51m Royal Huisman; Venus 78m Feadship; Limitless 96m Lurssen; MySeanna 56m Delta; Salute 56m Perini Navi; Squall 52m Perini Navi; Bella Vita 45m Feadship; Necker Belle 32m CMN; Mysorah 48.5m Feadship